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A dark view of Mount Mitchell State Park
TRAIL CONDITIONS & PARK STATUS    

Use extra caution on all trails!
Hiking trails eroded due to storm damage.

Concession Stand is operating Friday - Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. 

Given the continued threat of COVID-19 and variants of the virus, face masks are REQUIRED for indoor areas of Mount Mitchell State Park.
 
The following facilities are CLOSED for the year: 
     Restaurant
     Restrooms at the Summit (Port-a-lets only)   
 
Overnight parking is permitted for people backcountry camping in the surrounding National Forest. Please fill out a parking pass and leave it on the dashboard of your car. Passes are located in the boxes where the overnight parking signs are at the summit parking lot. There is no overnight parking permitted at the park office.
 
Please check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly.
 
To check Blue Ridge Parkway road closures, please visit their website at https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm#13/35.5826/-82.4749
(Mount Mitchell is located at Mile Marker 355.)

 
Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes.
 

 Last updated on: Wednesday, September 22, 2021


Map of North Carolina – Mount Mitchell State Park


Contact the park
 

828-675-4611

mount.mitchell@ncparks.gov

 

Restaurant


 


Address
 

Park office

2388 N.C. 128
Burnsville, NC 28714

GPS: 35.7528, -82.2737
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • November to March:
    9:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays; closed on weekends
     
  • April to October:
    9:00am to 5:00pm daily
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • May to October:
    10:00am to 6:00pm
     

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  • The restaurant is currently closed all year for renovations.
     
  • May 3 to August 31:
    11:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • September 1 to October 31:
    11:00am to 7:00pm
     


 

  • May 3 to October 31:

9:30am to 5:00pm 
 

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  • July 1 to October 31: Please call the park office several days ahead of your visit to schedule this assistance.

 

 

 

Mount Mitchell State Park

One of those places that stand apart from the ordinary, Mount Mitchell’s dramatic summit is the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet and was the inspiration for one of the nation’s first state parks. From its easily accessible observation deck, the spruce-fir forest of Mount Mitchell State Park leads the eye to unmatched views. A museum explains the mountain’s cultural and natural history, and its trail network allows visitors to explore up close, offering short hikes near the summit and challenging treks leading to adjacent wilderness areas. A nine-site tent campground is open in warm-weather months, and backpacking opportunities abound, including entry onto the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail. A concession area and a full-service restaurant serve visitors from May to October.
 


Reservations
 

Find and book a campsite or facility online

Or make your reservation at 1-877-722-6762
 


Current weather
 

Summit conditions

Please note that temperature at the top of Mount Mitchell is often several degrees colder than the town of Burnsville. For current conditions, please visit the website for the NC High Peaks Trail Association's weather station at the top of Mount Mitchell.
 


 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 9:00am
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 2:30pm
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 1:00pm